10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 3:04 PM
1. PRO-RUSSIAN REBELS CHANGE DEMANDS
As peace talks get underway, The insurgents have softened their call for full independence from Ukraine, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for greater autonomy.
2. HOW BELIEFS MAY SHAPE VIEWS OF MICHAEL BROWN KILLING
Those who see no gray areas in the shooting of the 18-year-old black man may be influenced by "confirmation bias," in which people search for evidence to support preexisting views, psychologists say.
3. AID REACHES N. IRAQ TOWN FOLLOWING SIEGE
Trucks loaded with foodstuffs, medicine and fruit enter Amirli, where security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the two-month siege by Sunni militants.
4. WHY PROTESTERS WANT PAKISTAN PREMIER TO RESIGN
Mass demonstrations aimed at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are fueled by allegations of fraud in last year's election.
5. 'I'M DESPERATE TO GET BACK TO THEM'
That's the message Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, wants to relay to his family in Ohio. Fowle and fellow detainees Mathew Miller and Kenneth Bae all ask for U.S. intercession.
6. WHAT ACTIONS US FAST FOOD WORKERS MIGHT TAKE THIS WEEK
In their push for a $15 minimum wage, the workers in 150 American cities could target McDonald's, Wendy's and other restaurants with sit-ins or other acts of civil disobedience.
7. WHERE US EATING HABITS ARE NOT IMPROVING
While more Americans are eating healthy foods, low-income adults still have poor diets, a 12-year study finds.
8. 'STONED DRIVING' CONCERNS RISE AS STATES ALLOW POT
"We see the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington as a wake-up call for all of us in highway safety," says Jonathan Adkins, executive director of Governors Highway Safety Association.
9. FBI INVESTIGATES NUDE PHOTO HACKS
Some cybersecurity experts speculate hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images of Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and others by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.
10. EUGENIE BOUCHARD WILTS IN US OPEN HEAT
The No. 7-seeded Bouchard needed a medical timeout and was beaten 7-6 (2), 6-4 by 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova.